The Dogs of Winter

  • Pages:328
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:mystery, Montreal, murder, serial killer, detective, sexual harassment
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  • Pub Date:10/20/2020
  • Age Groups:Adult Fiction
Paperback
9781772601404
$19.95 USD

The sequel to The Birds That Stay - hailed by the New York Journal of Books as "a fascinating and gripping tale of suspense" and the Globe and Mail as one of "Ten thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat". Says Ann Cleeves of the new book: "it's about power and powerlessness in the dead of winter. And more than that, it's a rollicking good read."

The Dogs of Winter begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake. The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

"...another simply riveting suspense thriller of a read and continues to showcase the author's natural knack for the kind of narrative storytelling that keeps the reader's riveted attention from beginning to cliff-hanger style ending.”

– Midwest Book Review
"It’s a red-hot potboiler that effectively pierces through any kind of bone-chilling cold."
– The Montreal Times

Midwest Book Review - Michael Dunford's Bookshelf | February 2021
http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/feb_21.htm#michaeldunford

Synopsis: The sequel to author Ann Lambert's crime novel "The Birds That Stay", this edition of "The Dogs Of Winter" from Second Story Press begins after a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, and the body of a young woman is discovered in its wake.

The only clue to her identity is the photograph in her pocket, and on it, the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo are busy navigating their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie's college is the victim of a terrible assault.

While Romeo begins to think that the dead woman may be linked to violence against several homeless people in the city, the search for justice in both cases is thwarted by societal apathy and ignorance, even as the killer is stalking the frigid streets of Montreal, preying on and terrorizing its most vulnerable citizens.

Critique: Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover, Ann Lambert's new mystery novel, "The Dogs Of Winter" is certain to be an immediately sought after addition to any and all community library Contemporary Mystery/Suspense collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs that "The Dogs Of Winter" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.49).

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"Another finally crafted suspense thriller of a read from cover to cover[.]"
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Crime Writers of Canada - Best Crime Novel Set in Canada   | 2021  |  Short-listed